This episode marks the first appearance of Topanga.
This is the first time that Cory and Topanga kiss.
The role of Topanga was originally intended for Christina Leigh. However; Danielle Fishel, who makes her debut in this episode, took over the role in a last minute casting change. The character was originally intended to be just a guest star for a few episodes, however they liked her so much they kept bringing her back until she became a full cast member during season two.
Alan: (Seeing Cory's hair) That's a hat, right?
Eric: Try and take it off!
Alan: (Tugs on it) Cory, what did you do?
Cory: I tried to straighten my hair, okay?!
Alan: With what, shellac?
Cory: Shawn and I have another project we're working on.
Topanga: Really? What is it?
Shawn: Well, you know how those dolphins get caught in the tuna nets?
Shawn: It's got nothin' to do with that.
Shawn: (to Topanga when she has lipstick all over her face) Use a mirror, babe.
In this episode, Shawn mentions his sister Stacey. However, this is the only time she is mentioned and is never seen.
Cory: I look like a chia pet!
Chia Pets are clay figurines that are used to grow plants. They are usually shaped like an animal or a person's face and a plant would grow in the shape of the figurine.
It's Punky Brewster!
was a 1980s TV show about an orphan, nicknamed Punky, that is adopted and has a hairstyle similar to the hair Cory has in this episode.